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Looking for other things to do near Orlando? Kayaking near Orlando is absolutely incredible. The clear, spring fed runs and wildlife filled rivers that exist here are breathtaking. If you like adventurous stuff, discovering Florida's wildlife, birding, nature photography or just having a safe, relaxing trip on the lazy river, a guided kayak tour is for you!

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc
specializes in exceptionally well put together guided kayak tours near Orlando.
Call us at 352-589-7899 or email us  

Scroll down to see some of our adventures and plan your next trip to Kayak near Orlando! 

St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL)
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Just up I-4 from Orlando makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov. - Mar. Orange City) 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Just north of Orlando, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL)
Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Less than an hour from Orlando, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL)
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a great 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL)
This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. The longer 4-5 hour run is a combo tour of the mellow trip past the old Florida Cracker houses to the savannah and the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Along with some wildlife viewing this is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour Orlando Kayaking Tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

Wekiva River (Sanford, FL)
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. This Orlando kayaking tour is right off of I-4 and we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Silver River (Silver Springs, FL)
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. If you are staying near Orlando and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour or go for the full day, it's an extraordinary 6-7 hour paddle.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation.
The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.

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A land remembered... Paddling the St Johns River December 11, 2014










This time of year on the St Johns River 2 things are sure to happen. The Manatees return to their Winter retreat and the Barred Owls begin their mating calls. We came across both today. Andrew and Jo came over from the UK and a kayak trip on the St Johns was on the agenda. Up by the spring run the Manatees were coming and going. There's nothing like having a 1000 lb mammal swim under your kayak. Out in Snake Creek we spied the Barred Owl napping with his back to us. As he awoke, he gave us a good long stare. The Hawks, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Anhingas, Cormorants and others joined us on our drift back to the take out spot. There are still lots of Fall reflections on the river with the Red Maples, Sweet Gum, Bald Cypress and Water Hickory Trees all colored up. This is the epitome of Central Florida and it's great stuff!

Kayaking with the wildlife Nov. 21, 2014







We launched our yaks on the St Johns River and headed over to the Island. There we saw a Great Blue Heron sitting on a nest... the first one of the year. The Anhingas, Cormorants (the Sentinels of the Springs ;-), Great Egrets, Snowy and Cattle Egrets were all together fishing and hunting up their breakfast and we got to see a few Little Blue Herons with several White Ibis. Down by the Springs the Manatees were coming through and we even got to have an encounter or two. On the way to Snake Creek we realized we were being escorted by a Manatee and in the swamps of the creek we were able to find a Barred Owl perched in the trees. As we headed back we came upon 3 small Gators sitting together sunning and between the company we shared and the wildlife we saw it was a fantastic day!

Kayaking near Orlando November 1, 2014





A little bit of wind wasn't going to keep us off the St Johns River today and we got the have the river to ourselves ;-). Ian and Lexa, from NY City were game so we set off across the river to the treeline and what a difference! Paddling over there, the river was almost like glass. All the birds had the same idea. We saw Little Blue, Great Blue and Tri-colored Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, White Ibis, Anhingas and Limpkins all out feeding. Most of the trees are turning their Fall colors on and the Cypress needles rained down on us as we made our way to Snake Creek. The creek is still swollen from the rains of September but that just makes for the opportunity to explore the swamps which is always a treat. On the way to the ramp we caught a glimpse of a Manatee that happened past us. Mother Nature was kind to us today and it made for a great day of paddling!

Kayaking the Silver River September 28, 2014






Centrally located to Daytona Beach, Orlando and Ocala is the Silver River. With it's headwaters being the second largest spring in Florida, it's an absolute treasure. Today we had the privilege of paddling with the Minnesotans. We got to visit with Male and Female Anhingas, Little Blue Herons both in their 1st year white phase and in their adult blue phase. The Black Crowned Night Herons were stalking in the Duckweed for food, the White Ibis were rooting around on the banks and resting in the trees overhead. The Wood Ducks, Pileated Woodpeckers, Moorhens and Great Blue Herons also came out as if to say "welcome to our river". There are lots of fresh Apple Snail Eggs now and the Red-bellied and River Cooter Turtles were sunning on the logs in abundance. We got to see a few Alligators and they tried their hand at some stealthy Gator Photography... as seen here at Minnesota Gator Adventurers ...We got to see a Monkey along the way and that little bit of rain we had? It just made for a great paddle.

George and Mary shared these photos with us. Thanks You Two!

Kayaking Rock Springs Run August 14, 2014





The Summer is winding down and we got to see our first migratory Belted Kingfisher today. The Limpkins, Little Blue Herons, Great Blue Herons and White Ibis were all out feeding and the Red-bellied Turtles, River Cooter Turtles and big ol' Alligator were hanging out on the logs at the 40 ft hole. As we paddled on we tested the Muscadine Grapes hanging from the vines. They are ripe now and very tasty. We stopped for a bit at the sand bar for a cool off at the end of the tour and once again Rock Springs Run made for a great place and a great day on the river.  

Wen's Silver River tour July 7, 2014


Scarlet Hibiscus

Photo Op! There's lots of those on the Silver River ;-)

Red-bellied Turtle

Brown Water Snake and Resurrection Fern

beautiful Male Wood Duck

All Smiles!
That's what it's all about on the Silver River. It's hard to spend the day there and not find something to make you smile. This was Wen's first time kayaking and she did an awesome job! We're certainly glad she picked us to do it with too!!